Idris Elba Recalls Being Homeless, On Drugs

Source: Ann Oldenburg / USA Today

Before stardom, before The Wire and before his current gig on BBC crime drama Luther, sexy English actor Idris Elba hit a very rough patch.

“It was a wickedly tough time,” the star, 41, tells Playboy magazine’s November issue 20Q feature.

“I lived in a van for about three months. I’d had three or four years of unemployment, not getting acting jobs. I was watching Denzel Washington and Wesley Snipes and saying, ‘I can do that. I can be right there with them.’ My (then) wife was about eight and a half months pregnant by the time I got the news I was going to be on The Wire. If I didn’t get it, I was going to leave the U.S.”

He also tried drugs. “At first I bypassed drugs. I didn’t start smoking weed until later in life. I’m not gonna lie — I’ve tried everything, just between you, me and the people who read this magazine. I’ve tried it all. I played one of the biggest drug dealers in the world on TV, so you think I’d know what I was talking about.”

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